RSPCA launch investigation after extremely skinny dog had to be put to sleep

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after an extremely skinny dog was abandoned in Staffordshire.

Despite receiving veterinary treatment following her ordeal, the female adult Lurhcer had to be put to sleep due to serious health concerns.

The black Lurcher was found by a member of the public on the B5014 by Elmhurst Water Spring on 27 April.

The dog, nicknamed Bambi was taken to a nearby vet in Rugeley who were extremely concerned about the adult female dog had become so emaciated and contacted the RSPCA.

Inspector Kate Levesley, who is investigating, said: “Bambi is so skinny and has clearly been losing weight for considerable time. She has no microchip and was not wearing a collar ID tag so we have no idea where she has come from or what her background is.

“She was in a really bad way and it was touch and go for her but, sadly, staff later found that as well as being extremely weak and poorly, she also had a serious neurological problem and vets made the difficult decision to put her to sleep and end her suffering.”

The RSPCA has now launched an investigation as to how Bambi came to be in the poor condition and who is responsible.

The animal welfare charity are appealing to anyone who recognises Bambi or may have information about where she has come from. They are urging people to contact their appeal line on 0300 123 8018 to leave a message.


Dog owners face £75 fine for walking their dog on the beach

Dog lovers could face hefty fines if they are caught walking their dog on beaches across the UK as restrictions come into force this month.

Summer restrictions have been put in place on some coastal beaches around the UK and owners could face a £75 fine if they don’t stick to the new rules.

The restrictions will be in force from 1 May to 30 September and include beaches in Northumberland, Devon, Dorset and Essex.

Local councils use different powers to enforce the law, with restrictions sometimes only applying to certain beaches in the area. Guide dogs will be allowed on beaches even when the ban is in place.

While dog walkers up and down the UK have hit out at the new restrictions, some people are in favour of keeping their beaches dog free, with councils backing the ban.

Marcus Jackson, local environment services team leader at North Tyneside Council, said: “Here in North Tyneside, our beaches are one of our biggest attractions, as shown by our three Blue Flags and four seaside awards.

“We have more awards for our beaches that any other area in the North East and to maintain this, we have to implement a dog ban in the summer.”

For a full list of beaches your dog could be banned on, please contact your local council.




100th homeless dog rehomed through doggie fostering scheme

Dogs Trust Manchester are celebrating finding their 100th homeless hound her forever home through their doggie fostering scheme.

Pomeranian Cross, Whitney has become the 100th dog who had been cared for by a Home from Home forest carer whilst waiting for her new family.

After spotting the nine-year old pooch on the charity’s website, a couple from Loch Ness made the 800 mile round trip to adopt Whitney.

Whitney found herself homeless due to a change in her family’s circumstances, but Ronald and Valerie Moffat said the tiny dog melted their heart as soon as they saw her.

The Dogs Trust Manchester scheme, Home from Home was set up two years ago and provides foster ‘parents’ for dogs who might find kennel life stressful.

The scheme and its 36 foster carers is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. People’s Postcode Lottery players have raised more than £9.5 million for Dogs Trust and the Lottery team recently visited the Denton-based rehoming centre to reveal the latest winning postcode, which was in Audenshaw

Manager Tracy Hill, said: “The on-going support of the generous players of the People’s Postcode Lottery means that dogs like Whitney can be cared for in a foster home, until their special someone comes along. Being able to place dogs in foster homes also means we free up kennel space, enabling us to take in and care for more dogs.”





Stray cat still waiting for a home after two years

An unlucky four-year old cat is still looking for his forever home, after waiting over two years.

Magnum arrived at London-based animal welfare charity, Mayhew as an injured stray in March 2016 and has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).

The gorgeous ginger and white cat was discovered by a member of the public in West London who alerted Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers after noticing an abscess on his front paw.

Magnum was taken back to the rescue centre and immediately seen by the vet team on-site.

Mayhew’s Vet, Dr Emily Richardson, said: “When Magnum first arrived he had an abscess on his front paw, which required medical treatment and wound flushing. After the abscess was fully resolved, he was neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and given a dental and anti-parasite treatment.”

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a viral infection in cats and it infects cells of the immune system, killing or damaging them, so they cant perform their usual functions. Once infected, the cat will have the virus for life and unfortunately there is no specific treatment or cure. However cats with FIV have a healthy and good quality life.

Dr Richardson added: “Unfortunately Magnum has been at Mayhew much longer than anticipated for a number of reasons. As well as giving him supportive treatment for cat flu, Magnum had a urinary tract infection and a lump on his neck also had to be removed, which turned out to be benign. He is doing well and now just looking for that perfect home.”

After receiving a thorough health check from Mayhew’s vet team, staff put Magnum in foster with one of their experienced carers.

If you are interested in adopting Magnum and think you could give him his forever home, please visit




RSPCA issue neutering advice after collecting litter of six-week-old kittens

The RSPCA is urging cat owners to get their pets neutered after collecting five kittens that were abandoned in a Moses basket in Surrey.

A woman contacted the animal welfare charity on 23 April after finding a Moses basket in Ashford with five tiny kittens inside.

Animal welfare officer (AWO) Carl Hone who collected the kittens, said: “The kittens are around six weeks old, so really should still be with their mum. Unfortunately, the RSPCA sees a huge influx of kittens every summer during kitten season because there are many un-neutered pet cats and stray cats in England.”

The kittens – all black or black and white – are now being cared for at RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre where they have been named after famous rappers.

“The message we really want to hit home to people is that they need to get their cats neutered to avoid any unwanted litters, which in turn, puts a lot of pressure on animal charities and rescue centres like the RSPCA,” added officer Hone.

The RSPCA and other animal charities, along with some veterinary practices, offer discounted neutering.



PDSA highlight importance of vaccinating pets

PDSA are highlighting to pet owners the importance of vaccinating against preventable deadly diseases.

Millions of family pets are at risk from killer diseases because they are missing out on simple vaccinations. Preventable diseases such as parvovirus, leptospirosis and feline leukemia can cause widespread deaths, say vets.

Diseases prevalent in wild animal populations, such as myxomatosis in rabbits, can also spread to their domestic counterparts, usually with fatal consequences.

The latest PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report (2017) found that 6 million dogs, cats and rabbits are un-vaccinated, leaving them unprotected against dangerous illnesses.

PDSA Vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan explained: “Vets continue to see cases of preventable illnesses like parvovirus but one case is too many. It’s vital for pets to receive protection against these potentially deadly diseases. To protect our pets, all that’s needed is a simple vaccination to ensure they are not at risk. “

The PAW report has also found decreasing numbers of dogs, cats and rabbits receiving a primary vaccination course when young, which is a great concern for the health and welfare of the nation’s pets.

Dogs are usually vaccinated at eight weeks old, cats at nine weeks and rabbits from around five weeks of age. Young pets are at a much higher risk of catching diseases and, if they do get ill, it can quickly become serious.

Pets also need regular booster injections throughout their life to maintain protection. Some boosters are needed every year, other less often and in very high-risk areas, some vaccines may need to be given more frequently than every year.

The PDSA are on a mission to improve pet wellbeing through prevention, education and treatment. They are helping to ensure that pets are vaccinated and protected from preventable disease with information on their website at



RSPCA appeals for information after weak pony is abandoned

The RSPCA is investigating after two emaciated ponies were abandoned in Bilston – with one of the ponies so weak that she was shaking.

A member of the public contacted the charity after seeing the two ponies in a field in Highfield Road, on Thursday 19 April, where one had collapsed and was breathing rapidly.

When RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor arrived, the member of the public had managed to get the pony to stand – however, she was so weak and dehydrated that she was shaking uncontrollably.

“She was clearly in a bad way,” said inspector Taylor. “A vet was of the opinion that the ponies were dehydrated and there was no water in the field. This was during the spell of hot weather we had.

“Despite making enquiries, we haven’t been able to establish who these horses belong to. We are urging anyone who has any information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 12 8018.”

Last week, the RSPCA revealed that the number of horses rescued by the charity has reached a four-year high, as the equine crisis continues to have devastating consequences.

Statistics revealed that nearly 1,00 horses were rescued by the charity from cruelty, suffering and neglect last year (2017), and a staggering 928 horses are currently in the charity’s care.

Charities first highlighted the national horse crisis in 2012 and it has since seen RSPCA officers called out to neglected and abandoned horses every day in England and Wales.



Dogs Trust Dogmobile gears up for a tail wagging visit to Norfolk

Dog lovers will be able to learn more about the work of the Dogs Trust and meet one of their canine friends via their Dogmobile later this week.

On Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May, Dogs Trust will be raising money for homeless hounds at a doggie meet and greet at Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds.

Supporters and dog lovers will also get to find out more about the work of Dogs Trust and meet one of their four legged friends in their Dogmobile.

The Dogmobile will be carrying a pooch from Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming centre, who is looking for their ideal home. The charismatic canine will be there to greet members of the public with plenty of licks, in return for a scratch behind the ears or a tasty treat.

Dogmobile assistant manager, Laura Nicholas, explains: “The Dogmobile is a fun, interactive way to help people find out more about rehoming a rescue dog and the brilliant work of Dogs Trust. Whilst dogs are not directly rehomed from the Dogmobile, if you find that it’s puppy love after meeting our adorable doggies, we encourage you to visit our centre to find out more about making a new best friend.

“You’ll also be able to find out about how you can foster a dog whilst they’re waiting to find their forever home, the charity’ fantastic ‘Sponsor a Dog’ scheme and how you can make a difference by volunteering at the Dogs Trust Snetterton centre.”

To find out more visit or contact Snetterton rehoming centre on 0300 303 0292



Mayhew helps 18 stray puppies and dogs on a US marine base in Georgia

Mayhew International and Dog Organisation Georgia (DOG) has helped 18 stray dogs and puppies after they were found living on and around a US marine base in Rustavi in Georgia.

One of the marines, who had been fostering for DOG, reported the litter of puppies and under Mayhew’s sponsored Trap Vaccinate Neuter Release programme (TVNR), the dogs were brought to New Vet Clinic in Tbilisi, where Mayhew vets looked them over.

Over two days, the marines helped to bring the dogs into the clinic and transport them back to base, where they will continue to live happily – with the marines.

While the current marine contingent is close to be heading home, a new one will arrive soon and pick up the duty of caring for the dogs.

Mayhew trained vet who checked over the pups, Dr Ana, at new Vet Clinic, said: “Dato and I are delighted and proud to be helping DOG and Mayhew as it is very important to control the stray population and help animals in need.”

Mayhew International receives no government funding and relies on the generous donations from supporters so they can continue to assist and fund local organisations like DOG.

If you would like to help, please visit


The RSPCA is looking for special homes for cats in their care

The RSPCA has been working with International Cat Care to help spot the signs that a cat may not be suited to a typical home environment.

International Cat Care is a charity, which works to improve the health and welfare of cats.

The Cat Friendly Homing trial involves identifying specific behaviour that indicates the cat is not socialised with humans and finding alternative homes where they can be happy, such as farms, smallholdings and gardens with a shed.

The RPSCA Canterbury and District branch are raising awareness about the need for these types of owners.  Beth Hixson, centre manager at RSPCA Canterbury branch, said: “We have been working with International Cat Care consultant Vicky Halls on this for a while now. The trial aims to spot the signs that a cat is not suited for a rehoming centre or home environment and hopefully they can then go directly to an alternative lifestyle home.

“When cats like this come into our centres, they are so stressed out and being here is very traumatic for them. Sadly these kinds of cats, who aren’t going to be really friendly and want a fuss when people come to visit, end up being with us for much longer.

“We want to start building up a list of people who want cats like this and have a waiting list ready for when they come in. Sadly, when someone comes to look around an RSPCA centre, no one wants the cat that hides away and retreats. “

Vicky Halls, cat behaviourist consultant, said: “Cat Friendly Homing is an exciting project to work on as it pulls cats and their welfare at the very heart of everything. We have to think laterally and work differently to give each individual cat the tailored outcome they need.”

There are a number of cats at the Canterbury branch that are looking for alternative homes, including Stumpy, a five-year old male who does not cope well in the cattery. He enjoys being around humans, but doesn’t like being handled – any interaction has to be in his terms.

For more information contact the RSPCA Canterbury and District branch or visit